Just in time for Christmas, the Knitting Machine Council of America, with headquarters in Salt Lake City, is offering a free consumer information packet to help crafts people with home-made projects.
The packet contains a comparison chart of most machine models and fact sheets with in-depth information on home knitting machines of all types. Also included are fact sheets on machine features, a glossary of machine knitting terms, and fiber characteristics and care.The Knitting Machine Council of America is a newly created association that provides consumer education for this growing industry.
The membership of the council includes Brother International Corp.; Elna Inc.; Knitting Corp.; Passap Knitting Machines Inc.; and Toyota Knitting Machines/Newton's Knits Inc.
Mary Lombardi Kenny, spokeswoman for the KMCA, says the council will serve as an information resource for consumers but hopes eventually to expand its services.
"Creating clothing and crafts on a home knitting machine is an exciting venture, and we want to help the first-time machine user get off to a great start," Kenny said.
Pat Moore, a New York-based knitwear designer, sees the establishment of the KMCA as an important step toward providing support for machine knitters. "Hand-knitters and non-knitters have different needs, but both can enjoy the benefits of machine knitting," she said.
With the help of a home knitting machine, it's easy to produce the latest knit fashions for the entire family.
For a free packet, write the Knitting Machine Council of America, 307 W. 200 South, Suite 2003, Salt Lake City, UT 84101. KMCA accepts correspondence only.